Category: Fun Times

An island getaway: San Andrés

When my sister-in-law started planning her visit here, she said she wanted to get in some beach time. Living on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, there were options. She and her friends were flying into Cartagena; just outside of the city, there are some lovely beaches. Half a day’s drive north in Santa Marta are even […]

Colombian athletes this week in Rio

I love the Olympics. Fortunately, my host dad also loves sports. Unfortunately, we don’t have quite the same taste in sports, so he’s often watching the one out of five channels that is showing something I couldn’t care less about. It’s been a great topic of conversation regardless, both at home and at the schools. […]

#WCW: JJ Javelet and Katie Ledecky

In case you’re not up-to-date on your hashtag abbrevs (that’s an abbreviation for abbreviation), #WCW means Woman Crush Wednesday. I think it’s silly to say that I have a woman crush or a man crush (it can just be a crush, y’know?), but I love the alliteration. ANYWAY, I want to share with YOU a […]

Cógela suave

“Cógela suave*.” It’s a phrase we learned early in training; our trainers tried to convince it that it meant something like “go with the flow” and would say it allllll the time. In the real world the phrase has a snarkier tone – a little more “take it easy” than “go with the flow.” Snarky or […]

Macheteing a rugby field

As I’ve mentioned before, I started playing rugby since arriving at my site. I started around the same time that a group of high school girls started playing, most of whom had never played an organized sport before. Since the beginning, we have been practicing in the afternoons on the beach – the only open […]

Interview with a rugbiera

Image from Gabriel Orozco Last week I shared about how I got into rugby here in Colombia, and how I was super excited to have arrived at a time when the rugby program was growing – so much as to include a girls’ team.  This week I want to share with you an interview with […]


My college, University of Minnesota, had a women’s club rugby team. I always joked about going out for the team – joked because I knew that I would never overcome my shyness and social anxiety to actually do it.  But I was serious about wanting to try.  I always loved physical sports; in fact I […]

Mountain View

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Hey! I'm Brianna Hope, a born & bred midwesterner embarking on an adventure as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia. I am clumsy, I spill a lot, and I share most of my interests with 6 year-olds.

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